Starting 2014 Off The Right Way

Real Estate Agent with Fathom Realty NC LLC NC# 235952

I am starting 2014 off the right way...


What do I mean by startingStarting 2014 The Right Way the year off the right way - well, I have finished my 2014 Business Plan, I have four homes under contract and four new listings coming on the market this month.  There are two new buyers to show homes to and we are only seven days into the new year.  

This past year, I did not blog, prospect or utilized my contact management system consistently.  I did however, network, network, network.  Most of my new clients have been by referral (personal, business and paid/fee) or through answering my cell phone or the office phone.  In the last five months of 2013 I doubled my listing inventory and tripled my buyer representations.  I also received the Small Business Woman of the Year award for 2013 from the Rocky Mount Area Chamber of Commerce.

That got me to thinking, what if I did blog, prospect and market consistently.  How would my year be different.  Well, I am going to find out.  In my business plan, I have resolved to blog on a regular basis (not everyday), but at least twice a week on Active Rain and once a week on my other site.  I have resolved to keep my prospecting time sacred and not schedule it away.  And I have resolved to utilize the "techy" tools that I have at my disposal.  I will continue to network and some of my marketing that produced results.

I am going to track my new efforts and see how my year will be different.  So, ready, set, GO...

Ready Set Go




Comments (25)

Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty

Congratulations on your success Kathy.  It's great to get off to a fast start at the beginning of the year.  Best wishes for continued success.

Jan 07, 2014 09:12 PM
Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Eighteen Years Experience in Brevard County

Good luck in 2014. It does sound like you have the ground work ready for a fabulous year!

Jan 07, 2014 09:16 PM
Karen Crowson
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Rancho Bernardo, CA
Your Agent for Change
I love the energy that comes with a new business plan. Good for you.
Jan 07, 2014 09:38 PM
Denise Tower
Coldwell Banker Gundaker - Maryland Heights, MO
Your Neighborhood Realtor

WOW! I am impressed. 

Maybe there is something to this social media stuff.


Jan 07, 2014 09:46 PM
Maria Gilda Racelis
Home Buyers Realty, LLC-Manchester, Bolton. Vernon,Ellington - Manchester, CT
Home Ownership is w/in Reach. We Make it Happen!

Kathy: Indeed, a great stride already for 2014. With your new business plan incorporating blogging and tech tools, you may be amazed even more.

More power.

Jan 07, 2014 10:07 PM
Cheryl Dukes . . . . . Intown Atlanta
Solid Source Realty, Inc. - Atlanta, GA

Always great to hear success stories. Keep on doing it in North Carolina, Kathy.

Jan 07, 2014 10:19 PM
Shanna Hall
Real Estate Solutions - Kirkwood, MO
I love selling houses!!!St. Louis, MO 314-703-1311

That is great Kathy!  You should copy cuy and paste and put all blogs on both sites!  Happy 2014!

Jan 07, 2014 10:27 PM
Thom Abbott |770.713.1505 | Intown Atlanta GA Condo Living - Atlanta, GA
Midtown Atlanta GA Condos For Sale

I'm freshening up my business plan from last  year. Spent 3 days in a hotel by myself writing it. It worked, and I did not even get everything done I wanted to do with it. 

I'm nervous that I did not take a day away to work on it, but I' doing it this morning. 

Now, I don't have any listings (only one is Under Contract) and a couple "lookers" that I'm sure will do something. 

LOVE how your year is starting out! 


Jan 07, 2014 10:35 PM
Kathy Akers, ABR, CRS, GRI, SFR
Fathom Realty NC LLC - Rocky Mount, NC
Your Trusted Real Estate Advisor

I want to thank everyone for their words of encouragement and well wishes.  It is a good feeling when you get this kind of feedback from your peers.

I wish all of you sucess in 2014 as well.

Jan 07, 2014 10:38 PM
Stephanie Joines
BHHS Florida Properties Group - Clearwater, FL
Professional Commitment, Personal Solutions

Best of luck to you.  Keep us up-to-date on your successes!

Jan 07, 2014 11:46 PM
Maureen Harmon
Exit Real Estate Gallery - Orange Park, FL
YOUR North Florida Relocation Specialists

Good for you Kathy.  Good luck.  I'm trying to double my business this year.  Networking has been my go-to as well, but this year like you, my plan includes updating & working my database & blogging.  

Jan 08, 2014 12:39 AM
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

Good for you Kathy! Best success in growing your already thriving business.

Jan 08, 2014 01:55 AM
Kathy Akers, ABR, CRS, GRI, SFR
Fathom Realty NC LLC - Rocky Mount, NC
Your Trusted Real Estate Advisor

Stephanie - I do plan to track and report what I find.  Good luck to you this year.

Maureen - I have had my database system for several years, but have not used it to it's full potential. Good luck to you on your blogging this year.

Marte - Thanks and I look forward to reading your words of wisdom through out the year.

Jan 08, 2014 02:00 AM
M.C. Dwyer
Century 21 Showcase REALTORs - Felton, CA
MC Dwyer-Santa Cruz Mountains Property Specialist

Thanks for some solid, meaningful, morning inspiration, Kathy!

Jan 08, 2014 02:34 AM
Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

I am going to be blogging more this year as last year I was busy with clients and things fell off when I stopped blogging so much.

Jan 08, 2014 03:11 AM
Kathy Opatka
Serving Ocean City, MD, & The Delaware Beaches

Excellent plan!  Please give us a quarterly update as to how well your plan is developing!  (The "pressure" is on!LOL!)

Jan 08, 2014 04:25 AM
Sharon Sanchez
Ace Home Realty - Carson, CA
Your Number "1" Source For Real Estate.

Congratulation on a productive start of the year.  Like you I plan to blog more. 

Good luck and continued success!

Jan 08, 2014 05:45 AM
Karen Feltman
Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA KW Legacy Group - Cedar Rapids, IA
Relocation Specialist in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Sounds like you are off to a great start! Consistency is key with all that you do. Stick with it and you will have a great year!
Jan 08, 2014 07:53 AM
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

Kathy, it sounds like you are off and running, after a tremendous finish to 2013!  I'm impressed with your plan and wish you all the best this year!

Jan 08, 2014 02:17 PM
Travis "the SOLD man" Parker; Broker/Owner
Travis Realty - Enterprise, AL
email: / cell: 334-494-7846

No Official Bizness Plan for me, BUT, I do have a LONGGGGG list of things to finish up and a GOAL for the year!

Jan 09, 2014 11:56 PM

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